BUTTE — The 36th annual Bob Cleverley 8-Man all-star football game is just a day away, which also means Noah Ambuehl and Red team head coach Greg Horton’s time together on the same team is coming to a close.
Ambuehl is heading off to Missoula this fall where he will join the University of Montana’s football team as a true freshman. Horton will resume his head coaching duties at Great Falls Central. Both have shared a lot of success together, including a runner-up finish in the 2018 8-Man football state championship.
This won’t be their last time playing and coaching together, though, as both will be a part of the 2019 Knights of Columbus Badlands Bowl in Miles City on June 15. However, both realize that football next season without each other is going to take some getting used to.
“It’s really special. One of my teammates, Casey Dane, I’ve been going to school with since preschool is in this game,” said Ambuehl. “I mean, it’s just a lot of people I won’t be able to play with again, and to not have coach Horton with me next year is going to be a lot different.”
“Sometimes I don’t think we understand how much we appreciate each other,” said Horton. “You know, specifically for me, I don’t know if he understands how much I appreciate him because he just does the right thing.”